Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - It was going so well...
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Horrible ride home from work, 20-25mph headwind all the way, and it started raining just as I left. If that wasn't enough, about halfway home I started to notice my front wheel 'pulling' to one side while coasting, and there seems to be a distinct wobble.
After limping back home slowly, it seems there's 2 very loose spokes. They don't seem broken, but the nipples feel loose. It's still pretty grim outside and we're going out tonight, so I probably won't get to have a proper look until after work tomorrow.
Assuming the rims are ok, do you thing it's worth having a go at truing the wheel myself or should I give in and get the LBS to have a look?
lil brown bat
04-30-08, 01:14 PM
Do you know how to true a wheel? Ever done it before? It might be worth a try anyway, what's the worst you can do? (mess it up and ride on it and wreck your wheel, I suppose...)
Anyway, look at it this way, might as well have all your suck happen in one day.
04-30-08, 01:21 PM
Go for it! With a little patience you should be able to get it close. Just make small adjustments then recheck. Assuming you have rim brakes, use them to guage your trueness.
Having had another look once the weather cleared up it seems all is ok, but one of the nipples was loose enough I could turn it by hand (and it did tighten up ok). I'd need a proper spoke wrench so will be visiting the LBS anyway, so I'll get them to sort it out this time.
Thanks for the suggestions - I'll pick up a wrench while I'm there and have a go next time, I think :)
05-01-08, 03:16 AM
That happeneed me last week. The ride into work was perfect, really sunny and not much wind and then got drenched on the way home with a headwind too. Got a bit of a chill after that and still have the sore throat to show for it. I actually broke 2 spokes. I was standing at the kerb waiting to fly across the road and i heard a big pop and the wheel started wobbling. I was able to true it myself after i put the new ones in. Not quite perfect but doable:) I'm sure sheldon brown has some infor regarding truing wheels.
I think it's going to be a worthwhile skill to learn - maybe on a spare set of wheels first though...
LBS sorted it - 8 quid (about $16). I've just been out for a short ride to check it and managed to pursuade my wife to come too, which was nice. Leisurely but fun. Need to get her a decent bike soon though - the drive train on hers appears to be made of cheese, and the frame's not much better. We did pick it up for 99p ($2) during harder times last year as a 'needs work' catalogue return bargain, and it only needed new brake cables and a puncture fixing, but I'm not convinced it's worth spending any more money on...
Not sure I'll get her on the forums though :)
One cool thing I did discover today is that one of our LBSs regularly runs a course on wheelbuilding. I'm almost tempted...
05-02-08, 08:53 AM
If you get on youtube you can find good information on truing wheels from experts exchange. They actually have a lot of helpful videos, check it out sometime.
Glad to hear things are better and your rolling along again.
That's handy to know, thanks.
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